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GP registrars secure pay deal

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Junior doctors training to be GPs in the next two years will be paid at least $1427 a week for their first placement under a deal brokered by the AMA, relieving months of uncertainty for aspiring general practitioners.

The AMA has helped engineer an agreement between General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) and General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) that sets out the terms and conditions for GP registrars during 2015 and 2016.

The agreement, which is negotiated every two years, has for the first time been extended to include registrars in their third and fourth placements, and details pay rates as well as leave entitlements, hours of work and other workplace conditions.

Under the deal, GP registrars in their:

  • first six-month placement (GPT1) will be paid at least $1427.21 a week;
  • second six-month placement (GPT2) will be paid at least $1715.88 a week; and
  • those in the third and fourth (extended skills) six-month placements (GPT3 and GPT4), will be paid a minimum of $1832.60 a week.

In addition, all will receive superannuation payments at the Commonwealth statutory rate of 9.5 per cent.

The new deal, the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars, will supersede the current GP National Minimum Terms and Conditions agreement, which only applies to GPT1 and GPT2 registrars.

A copy of the new agreement is available on the AMA website and can be viewed at gp-national-terms-conditions-employment-registrars

Adrian Rollins